On Monday, Chinese health officials reported 67 new coronavirus cases which led China to begin mass testing of hundreds of people who had visited a Beijing wholesale market. Gao Xiaojun, a spokesman for the Beijing Health Commission said on Monday, to stop the spread of the virus the authorities in Beijing have conducted the nucleic acid test on 29,386 people. All of them had visited the Xinfadi wholesale market since May 30.
The market became a hotspot after it reported several new COVID-19 cases. The spokesman further stated that out of all samples 12,973 came negative and rest are awaiting results. On Monday, the National Health Commission (NHC) in its daily report said that 49 new coronavirus cases and 18 symptomatic cases were reported on Sunday.
According to the officials, they are also planning to execute virus tests on 46,000 residents in the area. Eleven residential neighborhoods near the market have been put under lockdown. Several other cities have already restricted travelling to Beijing.
A total of 112 people in asymptomatic cases, also known as silent spreaders, are still under quarantine. These asymptomatic symptom patients usually develop no symptoms such fever, cough or sore throat and pose a risk of spreading disease to others.
The sudden rise in cases has sparked concern that China may be affected by a second wave in the winter starting from October, a prediction by the experts. China ordered all its hospitals to perform nucleic acid and antibody tests, said Goa on Sunday.
Six wholesale local markets have been sealed and alternative arrangements are done for vegetable supplies to the retail store. The chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Wu Zunyou said that the source of the latest outbreak could be either contaminated seafood or meat from the market.